SnowyToshi- THANK YOU!!! I am so glad you recommended this!!! I am for sure going to call and do that tomorrow. Whatever jerk is doing it needs to stop. We've had 2 amazing buns from it, BUT it's really cruel and it infuriates me! Plus with the 3 males we really have no room for any more if they keep it up.
Thank you sooo much to everyone for the concern, and helpful suggestions! Bertie behaved beatutifully at the vet! He didn't flinch or move when they handled him, gave him shots, weighed him, or even when they had to flip him on his back. YAY!!!
The vet told me we could run the test but in her opinion it was a bit of a waste of money at the moment. She gave him a very thorough exam and he has no symptoms of pasturella. She said most all rabbits have it , or have had it. Most get it at birth from their Mom, and the test will come out posative if the bun has had pasturella in the past. So even if he had it, but doesn't know, it will come out poastive. Because of that she said it isn't very conclusive, and since he had no symptoms it would be waste of money. Because he had no symptoms, there is nothing she could prescribe to treat anything. She said my last bun manifested her pasturella with a respratory problem, but that doesn't always happen. It can be a tooth abcess, a tumor, or many other things. His breathing was good, teeth, eyes, belly, poop and everything were good. So she told me what to watch for and instructed me on how to listen and check his breathing every day.
Bertie is about a year old, and very healthy. He's 4.5 pounds and doing really well. She really stressed a healthy diet of mostly hay and veggies and no pellets if possible, or just a few tablespoons. She told me a good diet is the best prevention against pasturella because the body will fight it naturally and he won't get the complications. I feel comfortable with her diagnosis. She thinks it's just the switch to being in the house with dust and she said it's natural for him to sneeze. All animals do it. I'm just a paranoid mama after loosing my last bun. But she made me feel comfortable and much more confident about Bertie being okay. I'll continue to watch him for any signs, like lack of activity, lack of appetite and of course monitor his breathing.
But for now it looks like he is a healthy guy! =) He did have ear mites so he got a shot for that, and he'll get another in 2 weeks.I thought $67 was great for everything she did and I was happy with her service. I'll keep monitoring him, but so far today he hasn't sneezed at all! I remember that my dad had sprinkled carpet freshner in his room ( where Bertie is) and was going to vacuum before he let Bertie out. He forgot that he had done it and let him out. So I'm thinking it was the cause of his sneezing. I'll keep an eye out, but thanks everyone for your input and advice!